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Survival Guide for Idaho Librarians: Reference

This guide is designed to be a quick start for an individual who suddenly is in charge of a public or school library in Idaho.


Reference: Or, Face to Face

Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) - Online, self-directed education for individuals with no formal library education.

  1. The Reference Interview (2.0 contact hours)
  2. Evaluating Reference Sources (2.0 contact hours)
  3. Basic Reference Sources (3.0 contact hours)
  4. Ethics and Public Service (2.0 contact hours)

Reference 101 a tutorial made available by the Colorado Library Consortium

Digital Collections

More Online Training

Reference Basics

Created by Nick Engert.

This is a great beginner or refresher course on Reference Basics, as it covers topics such as freedom of information, the reference interview, and privacy and ethics. 

Introduction to Reader's Advisory

Created by a team of OPL staff: Baily Halbur, Erin Duerr, Kendall Beck, Maggie Tarelli-Falcon, Marvel Maring, Rose Fennessy-Murphy, Sarah VanRaden, Teresa Shane

Learn the basics of Readers' Advisory with this visual and interactive course, covering the basics of fiction genres, appeal factors, electronic and print resources, stealth Readers' Advisory, and the RA interview. 

Created and maintained by Omaha Public Library.